Bruce Carter started his aviation career in 1975 as an FBO fueler and later became a charter pilot in Mankato, Minnesota.  In 1978, he was hired as an air traffic controller until the PATCO strike in 1981. Bruce owned and operated an FBO before becoming involved in the airport management field in 1984 when he became the Operations Manager at the Waterloo Airport. In 1986,  he became the Airport Director at Waterloo Airport and has held similar positions at Springfield, Illinois for three years and  Peoria, Illinois for five years.  Since 1999, Mr. Carter has served as the  Director of Aviation at the Quad City International Airport.  Mr. Carter is an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) and has served as President of the Great Lakes Chapter of AAAE, chaired the NAC and the Airport Ground Handling Association (AGSA). He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Airport Executives as Chair, as well as serving on the International Association of Airport Executives.   Mr. Carter is also a commercial pilot, holding an instrument and multi-engine rating, and was previously a certified flight instructor logging over 2800 hours.

Bruce is married to Faith Carter and they have two grown sons and two grandchildren.